I predict the superstitious fringe will make up something about this, whereas those of us who just enjoy astronomy will...well...enjoy it!
Not one - not two - but four comets that are a bit easier to see (among others that aren't,) are coming our way:
Comet Encke - October (end of month) - Becomes morning object in December 2003 (Close to M31 on Oct. 25th)
Comet C/2002 07 Linear* - October into November 2003 (Can be seen from the Southern hemisphere - In fact on November 10th = 1 degree from the South celestial pole!)
Comet Neat - April - May 2004
Comet C/2002 T7 Linear - May 2004 (10th magnitude now and into November)
Look them up here:
From the carnival of superstitious weirdos will possibly come:
1. Its an omen...etc...(four omens actually) (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?)
2. Planet X sent them (even though they've been here before...)
3. "Four comets in a row" will be coined by TV and mislead people to visualize something like Shoemacker-Levy even though these comets are in different places and times in the sky.
4. Someone will predict that "four comets in a row" will somehow "effect" Earth. (I predict they will cause certain people to stay up late and stand in cold temperatures - hot chocolate consumption may also rise!) :wink:
*Discovered by "Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Research" = "Linear"